Sep 13, 2014 11:43 AM by News Staff
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A new kind of aircraft is competing for the first time at this week's National Championship Air Races in Reno: drones.
More than 200,000 people from across the country are expected to attend the annual air races, whose five-day run ends Sunday.
Among highlights is the first Small UAS Challenge, which will feature a variety of small unmanned aerial systems and test a number of skills.
The competition will feature an obstacle course, time trial and a dead lift, and will test speed, agility and strength. The drones must be able to take off and land vertically, and weigh no more than 10 pounds.
Organizers plan to limit the field to 20 private and commercial entries.
The three-day drone competition, staged by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, concludes Sunday.
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